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Ooops — strike '2012' off your Oscars best-picture list

November 11, 2009 |  7:53 am

Since part of an Oscar pundit's job is to jump off cliffs, bravely and spectacularly, we salute New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick for daring to forecast a best-picture nomination for "2012," 2012 movie Roland Emmerch news the upcoming apocalypse thriller from Roland Emmerich, director of "The Day After Tomorrow," "Godzilla" and "Independence Day." One of the chief reasons the academy expanded its best-picture list to 10 nominees from five was to include big popcorn pix that used to get nommed in the good ole days ("The Towering Inferno," "Jaws") but now are slighted. Unfortunately, alas, it looks like poor Lou will go splat against the Oscar rocks, according to Variety's gloomy review of "2012."

The trade paper predicts the doomsday thriller will strike lots of ticket gold: "This simultaneously spectacular and risible concoction looks likely to trigger a worldwide B.O. tsunami for Sony." But don't expect much academy gold: "On any level other than as sheer visual sensation, '2012' is a joke, for the simple reason that it has no point of view; the film offers no philosophical, metaphysical, intellectual and certainly no religious perspective on the cataclysm, just the physical frenzy of it all."

But, hey, "2012" does possess an "eye-popping display of movie pyrotechnics," says Variety. So it's not really the end of the Oscar world for the flick. Maybe it can still find salvation is some tech categories like sound editing and viz effects, saving Lumenick a bit on Oscar night too.


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I was looking forward to more geological insight around the world, its to bad these film makers seem to think no one knows geography! Guess I forgot that the world revolves around California, and the US. Also what is with the B.S love triangle/focus on the stupid blonde saving her dog, we just watched 30 million people die in California alone in this movie but we can't watch the surgically enhanced blonde and her stupid dog die...WTF.

2012 has impressive special effects but a laughable conceit - there is no way in real DC that a mid-level geologist would have had the influence that he did in the movie, even if we suspended our disbelief with the science. While the movie is a nice thrill ride, its attempt to be inspirational ends up disgustingly saccharine and sanctimonious. A fun but generally stupid movie.

Poor Bill!! The industry is FORCING him to watch movies against his will!

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As long as people (namely young people, and those rather pathetic adults who like movies that cater to 12-year-olds with ADD) keep on buying tickets to these superficial, meaningless movies, Hollywood's going to keep on making them.

I'll bet 2012 gets a nod for best song. But even Adam Lambert can't get me to go see the movie.

"Force you to watch"? Uh... no: nobody is forcing you to do anything. Vote with your dollars like a good little consumer. I haven't been to a movie since the execrable "Black Dahlia": The movie was expensively made yet stunk big-time and the kids who comprised the audience were rude and take calls all night. Easy solution: Don't go to the movies, and don't let your kids go either. Just watch what will happen.

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Don't you EVER compare the ikes of '2012' with any of Spielberg's masterpieces. And 'Jaws' has a lot more going for it thematically than just popcorn appeal.

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What's wrong with the occassional popcorn munching, escapist fx film? I love indie films, but I'm looking forward to 2012 for the same reason I enjoy roller coasters _ I know where it's going, I enjoy the view, and I love the ride.

2012 is just another disaster end of the world flick for the consumption of young viewers. It's all about special effects and that's about it. How many of these brain dead films is this industry going to force us to watch.



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